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Country Map & Estimates of Vision Loss

Sierra Leone

In 2020 in Sierra Leone, there were an estimated 820,000 people with vision loss. Of these, 32,000 people were blind.

Sierra Leone

  • GBD Region
    Western Sub-Saharan Africa
  • GBD Super Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Population (2020)
    7.98 million
  • GDP per capita ($US, 2019)
    504
  • Human Development Index (HDI) (2019)
    0.44 (low)
  • Blindness (crude)
    0.40%
  • All vision loss (crude)
    9.80%
  • Proportion who are female
    53%
  • Gender ratio (age-std)
    1.13

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Crude prevalence of vision loss in Sierra Leone, China, United States of America, 2020

(all ages, males & females)

Source: Data from VLEG/GBD 2020 model, accessed via the IAPB Vision Atlas
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National indicators for eye health services in Sierra Leone

Indicator
Data
Rank
Year Last Reported
Data Source
Cataract surgical service delivery
Effective cataract surgical coverage (eCSC)
No data
Cataract surgeries performed (annual)
2,474
100 of 120
Cataract surgical rate (CSR) (per million)
409
151 of 176
2015
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Number of eye care personnel by cadre
No. of ophthalmologists
6
2012
Other
Ophthalmologists per million
0.9
180 of 191
2012
Other
No. of optometrists
4
2012
Other
Optometrists per million
0.6
110 of 136
2012
Other
No. of allied ophthalmic personnel
47
2012
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Allied ophthalmic personnel per million
7
77 of 102
2012
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Data and assessments
Eye health prevalence data survey completed (since 1987)
RAAB
2011
RAAB Repository
Eye Care Service Assessment completed?
EHSA
2013
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National eye health resources and plans
National Eye Health Co-ordinator
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Committee
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan Start Date
2016
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan End Date
2018
Ministry of Health or key respondent